Jeff Robinson, Affil.AIRAH

Designing for our future climate by changing two things – fashion, and custom and practice

Australian construction practice is lagging behind many parts of Europe in its ability to achieve high levels of insulation and airtightness performance. Many major property developers are starting to recognise that in order to achieve their zero net carbon targets and to future-proof their buildings against a hotter climate, they must change current custom and practice and substantially improve the envelope performance of their new buildings. 

Some developers are starting to look at Passive House Certification as a way of assuring building envelope performance, looking closely at the lessons learnt in the first large-scale buildings seeking to achieve Passive House ratings. 

Robinson will discuss the lessons learnt in designing and constructing the two largest buildings seeking Passive House ratings: Monash University’s Chancellery, and the Woodside Building for Technology and Design. He will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of rapidly improving the insulation and airtightness of Australian buildings at scale, and the findings of a survey of some of the major property owners in Australia regarding their knowledge of/interest in adopting Passive House as the construction standard for their future developments in Australia

About Robinson

Robinson is a Technical Director and Sustainability Consultant working in Aurecon’s Melbourne office. He has worked as a consulting engineer for more than 33 years in London, Ireland, and Melbourne. He has been involved in the design of a wide variety of leading-edge sustainable buildings and communities in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and America, and is a passionate advocate for great architecture, urban design, and the design of sustainable and healthy buildings. 

An experienced Green Star Accredited Professional, LEED AP, infrastructure sustainability professional, Robinson is also a member of the WELL Faculty. He is the Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Sustainable Development Committee; a Technical Specialist on the Office of the Victorian Government’s Design Review Panel; a Member of the South Australian Design Review panel; a Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria; and he has recently trained as a Climate Reality Leader.